For the first time in Indian football, East Bengal head coach Robbie Fowler has introduced a set-piece coach.
According to a media report, Fowler, a Liverpool legend, found inspiration in Liverpool’s Premier League-winning campaign last season.
Fowler was appointed as the head coach of East Bengal, one of India’s oldest football club earlier this month.
Fowler, who has been appointed by East Bengal for their Indian Super League (ISL) debut, has brought in specialist Terence McPhillips as East Bengal’s set-piece coach.
A set-piece coach, which is a new breed of specialists, focuses primarily on preparing players for dead-ball situations, which are increasingly becoming a way to score goals.
A media report quoted 45-year-old Fowler as saying: “We know set pieces are important … you look at the stats of goals for and goals against.
“We need to try and use that to our advantage. So the set-piece coach will look at throw-ins, corners and free-kicks both for and against,” he added.
The report said Manchester City and Arsenal are among the few football clubs in Europe, who have dead-ball specialists in their coaching teams.